NuCara Antipsychotic Injection Services

Who can benefit from long-acting injectable antipsychotics?

There are millions of people in America who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and require the prescribing of anti-psychotics to help maintain control over their condition. For these patients, remaining adherent to their medications can prove to be difficult and if they fail to take these, it can cause major problems.

Long-acting antipsychotic injections (LAIs) can help improve adherence to these medications due to the dosing schedule, which vary from drug to drug. These injections help patients who struggle with strict medication schedules, like remembering to take a pill at the same time every day. LAIs are medications that last longer in the body, so they only need to be injected every 2 to 4 weeks, or sometimes even longer.

Below are some examples of long-acting antipsychotic injections and the typical dosing schedule.

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Where can I get these injections?

These injections require trained-professionals to administer them in a safe and controlled environment. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get in to see a provider to receive these because providers have so many patients that they have to take care of. We understand that making appointments and traveling to fit your schedule can be difficult, which is why we offer injection administration at our pharmacy.

NuCara Pharmacy has specially-trained pharmacists who are able to give these injections at certain locations. We offer private rooms for administration and can give these whenever a pharmacist is on-site. Pharmacies tend to have more flexible hours than doctor’s offices and have more availability to administer the injections.

Why should I get my injection at a pharmacy instead of my doctor’s office?

Pharmacies tend to have more open availability than doctor’s offices, meaning it’s easier for you to get an appointment that fits your schedule at the pharmacy. A pharmacist is also able to spend more time with you explaining the medication and going through the administration than a doctor, who sees many patients every day, might be able to. Pharmacies also tend to be more centrally located to you than your doctor’s office, especially in more rural areas. Traveling time can be shortened by going to your pharmacist instead of your doctor’s office. All of these factors help patients to improve their adherence to the medications. Pharmacies help to make sure that you are sticking with your treatment and giving you the best opportunities to remain healthy.

How can I set up an appointment with NuCara to receive my injection?

First reach out to your NuCara Pharmacy to make sure that your pharmacy offers the service. Next, your provider will have to give approval for you to receive the injection, your pharmacy can help you reach out to receive the approval. Then you can call your pharmacy to set up an appointment to receive your injection to fit into your schedule. Our pharmacists who offer these services are trained to administer these injections so that they can provide better patient-care for you.